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Key Information:

5ZB have outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Wednesday.

5ZB's entrance and exit point is the top gate by the basket ball court. Please wait outside the gate on Crown Road.

Times table of the week: 12 times table

Term 6


In Term 6, we are continuing with our enquiry of 'How does engineering in the past affect the future?' through exploring the history of engineering through the ages, the engineers of the future as well as designing our very own engineering project to support the future transport of Bristol. 

Term 6 Shining Star!


Click the link below to see who our final Shining Star is:

Transport models - Article 29: Aims of education


Today, we completed our ambition by designing and creating our own transport systems. We thought carefully about what would work well in Bristol and then we created our final transport models.

Printing final pieces - Article 31 Access to rest, play, culture and arts

Today, we finished off our artwork by creating our final print pieces. We used different materials to create our paintings.

Air resistance outcomes: Article 28 access to education 

This afternoon, we tested out our final air resistance costumes. We had so much fun tesitng these out and we couldn't believe how much slower we ran with them on! 

Air resistance experiment: Article 28 access to education 

This afternoon, we began creating our costumes for the air resistance race. We made sure that our designs would slow down our opponents! 

Year 5 Rainbow Run Fundraising Event - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 2, Year 5 took part in a Rainbow Run Fundraising Event and raised a fantastic £216.60 for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal.  We chose this charity to support our classmate, Raihan, whose younger brother regularly spends time at the hospital. The money raised will go towards sensory boxes so that suitable sensory toys are available so  that all children can have a comfortable and stimulating stay at the hospital. We were able to come to school in coloured non-school uniform and participate in a Rainbow Run on the school playground. Together, we then enjoyed ice lollies and celebrated how we have all demonstrated our school value of humility through being selfless and working collaboratively as a team to support this wonderful cause. In addition to this, we wanted to say a very special thank you to Romilly from 5RO who independently raised an incredible £225 for this event. We are so thankful for your fundraising efforts - you are truly inspiring and amazing! In total, Year 5 have raised an incredible £441.60 which is incredible. Well done Year 5 - we are so proud of you all. 

Being a Historian - Article 17: Access to Information

In Week 2, we explored causation and thought about how the Roman Empire impacted engineering today. We found out about the countries that were part of the Roman Empire and discussed how the Romans are known for their incredible engineering including aqueducts. Then, we recreated an aqueduct by using kitchen roll holders and a table tennis ball and discovered the difficulties in building and maintaining an aqueduct! 

Term 5 Shining Star

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What are our commitments? Article 30: Minority culture!, Language and religion

To begin our RE unit this term, we thought about commitment. We thought about what we are most and least committed to.

Term 5

Enquiry Overview: How does engineering in the past affect the future?

How does engineering in the past affect the future?

This term, we will be going on a journey through the history of engineering. We will be exploring engineering way back in the Stone Age right the way through to current day where we, the engineers of the future, will be designing our very own engineering project to support the future transport of Bristol!

Shackleton's Journey

In Term 5,  we will be reading the biography 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill. This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of the Endurance reaching the South Pole and the efforts it took to get there. As part of our learning, we will be writing in role, researching information and even writing job applications! In art, we will be looking at famous artists and different mediums to create artwork.

E-Safety and Computing: Article 17 Access to information 

Today, we had a fantastic day learning about our digital footprints and how to code using repeats, loops and seqences. We used to help us with our coding. Here are some of our creations!

Dance 1

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Singing Assembly- Article 31: Rest, play, cultures and art.

We had a great time in singing assembly today learning a new song. We worked hard to learn the lyrics and we can't wait until we can sing the whole song with no lyric prompts!

SInging Assembly

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Being Artists - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts 

In Week 4, we explored abstract art and looked at the work of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Then, we collected objects from the playground and used them to print patterns in our sketchbooks. We have been wonderful artists! 

Climate change workshop- Article 24: Health, food, water and the environment


Today, we took part in a fantastic workshop which helped us think about what we can do to help our local envronment. We added in electric vehicle charging points, solar panels, wind turbines and green space onto maps of our local area .

No Pens Day! Article 13: Sharing Thoughts Freely

In Week 4, we had a fantastic No Pens Day! We kickstarted the day by refreshing our understanding of oracy and the four strands. Then, we discussed interesting statements such as, 'Writing is the most important subject' and 'Video games should be banned' and used our counters to add to our group discussions. When being a writer, we thought carefully about how the crew would be feeling when they set sail on Endurance in Shackleton's Journey and made good luck charms from salt dough. When being a mathematician, we focused on capacity. We enjoyed estimating and experimenting with water and different containers and bottles. We also enjoyed Spanish with Mrs Thomas, taking part in the skipping challenge and exploring more of Shackleton's journey. 

For the first two weeks of Term 5, Year 5 are continuing to focus all of our learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. To finish off our learning, we will be writing letters to our local MP, Chris Skidmore, about an environmental issue we want to address. We will also be finishing off our collage work ready for a whole year group art display!

Letters to our local MP- Article 13 Freedom of Thought

To finish off our enquiry based on 'Here we are', we wrote letters to our local MP. In these letters, we told Chris all about our concerns for our environment and ways that we think these issues could be resolved. We can't wait to send these off and see if we get a response!

Whole School Oracy Day - Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion 

In Week 1, we participated in a whole school oracy day. Firstly, we started off the day by recapping our steps to success for good listening and discussions. Then, we discussed what oracy is, why it is important and how it helps us in our lives. We also looked into the four strands of oracy including the social and emotional, linguistic, physical and cognitive strands. With this understanding of the strands, we acted out some different scenarios and compared them against the strands. Finally, we secured an understanding of the linguistic strand by using our words carefully to describe something around the pond that our peers had to sketch!

Oracy acting!

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Litter research- Article 17 Access to information 

Today we completed some research on littering in our local area ready to write letters to our local MP.

Term 4

For the remainder of Term 4, the whole school are focussing all of their learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. This wonderful picture book will take us on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth. From land and sky, to people and time, the notes explore what makes the world and how we live it. We will be using the book to re-establish our class and whole school community, focussing on important messages such as kindness and to inspire our writing, reading and to create some beautiful artwork too.

Being a Writer! Article 15: Setting Up or Joining Groups 

In Week 6, we had an exciting delivery from a school in Switzerland. We read through the letters and learnt about some amazing individuals who attend a school in a Reichenbach, a small village in Switzerland. Then, we were being fantastic writers and wrote letters to send back to our penpals. We are looking forward to hearing from them soon. 

Term 4 Shining Star!


Watch the video for our Shining Star this term here:

Easter in a Box! Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion

In Week 6, we were very fortunate to have Rev. Lisa come in to see us. We explored the Easter story through different scenes and built a visual representation of the story through asking questions, decorating eggboxes, keyrings and bunting. We really enjoyed having Rev. Lisa come in and furthering our understanding of Easter. 

Egg Decorating- Article 31: Right to rest, play, culture and art 

We have had some fantastic entries for our egg decorating competition this year! We think they are 'eggcellent' and we hope that one of them will be the overall winner!

Sketching- Article 31:Right to rest, play, culture and arts

Today we have been working on our sketching skills. We started off by thinking about how to vary shade. We then used this learning to help us copy one side of an image.

Red Nose Day- Article 1 Access to Rights

Today we had a fantastic day fundraising for Red Nose Day. We learnt about how our money will help and we go to share some jokes too! 

Joke 1

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Joke 2

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X-table Champion 19.03.21

Outdoor Learning- Scavenger Hunt! Article 31 Right to rest, play, culture and arts 

This afternoon, we had a great time outside completing our scavenger hunts. Although it was windy, it was fantastic to get outside whilst also learning too!

Singing Assembly- Article 28 Access to education 


Today, we had a great time during singing assembly. Some of us came to front and sang songs for the rest of the class to enjoy! 


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Purple Learning: Article 28 Access to Education

This week, we have been recapping Purple Learning and all of things that make us Purple Learners. We have really enjoyed using our oracy skills as well as revising our previous learning.


The first two weeks of Term 4 were our final two weeks of online learning. During the first week, we developed a fantastic understanding of possibility adverbs when 'Being an Author' as well as consolidating our knowledge of conjunctions. Whilst 'Being a Mathematician', we persevered with our learning of equivalent and improper fractions and mixed numbers. We also have secured a deeper understanding of inference whilst 'Being a Reader' too. We have been fantastic athletes by completing bootcamp and yoga sessions in addition to being superb historians and researching Fairtrade. Throughout our second week, we celebrated World Book Day and explored alternative versions of Fairytales. We have created superb comic strips, wanted posters and have even engaged in a class debate in which we built on our oracy skills! Also, we designed and created sustainable houses for the big bad wolf from the Three Little Pigs to live in. We are so proud of the work that 5ZB have produced and cannot wait to see them back in the classroom. Take a look below at our wonderful work. 

Term 3

What do ethics have to do with clothes? - Enquiry Overview

This term, our class book is Street Child by Berlie Doherty. We will be following the journey of Jim Jarvis through the Victorian Era and the troubles that he faces. Through this book we will be focusing on a variety of genres and linking it to our year group targets. Making links with our class book, we will be learning about the Industrial Revolution which links to our Global Goal this term- Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Lockdown 2021

This term, we have become superb and resilient technologists by completing our school work online. Since being told to stay at home and stay safe, 5ZB have continued to explore and apply new learning and challenge themselves in everything that they do. Whilst ‘Being an Author’, we have developed a wonderful understanding of reported speech, metaphors and possibility adverbs. In ‘Being a Mathematician’, we have consolidated our understanding of multiplication, division, factors and squared and cubed numbers. We have also persevered with inference skills whilst ‘Being a Reader’. We have enjoyed activities based on Safer Internet Day and Mental Health Week as well as weekly virtual meets where we can see our friends and play fun games including bingo and scavenger hunts. Here is a just a small sample of what 5ZB have been getting up to over Term 3. Keep up the fantastic work Year 5, you are amazing!

Chronology- Article 28 Access to Education 

Today we worked on our chronology skills by ordering some key events which happened in Victorian times. 

Christmas Service- Article 14 Freedom of thought, relgion and belief

This morning, we watched the Year 4 Christmas Service. As part of this, we watched a clip from Lisa explaining the Christmas story. We also sang the songs that we have been working on during singing assembly.

Christmas Service

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Singing 2

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Singing 3

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5ZB Shining Star Term 2

Check out the video of 5ZB's Shining Star!

Christmas cookies! Article 28- Access to education

We have had a lovely morning decorating biscuits for Christmas with lots of delicious topping!

 Maths morning-Article 28 Access to education 

We had a wonder morning full of maths activities based on Christmas! Some of the questions were very tricky so we had to put ourselves in the Challenge Zone to solve them!

Christmas in a Box! - Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion

In Week 7, we were very lucky to have Rev. Lisa visit us. We explored and learnt about Mary, Joseph, the shepards and the three wise men and their involvement in the birth of Jesus and the Christmas story. 

WOW Day! Article 28 Access to Education 

Today we have had a fabulous day learning all about the Victorians as part of our WOW day for our new topic. We got to learn all about life in Victorian times, Victorian schools and we even had a chance to make our own Victorian toys! We can't wait to keep learning about this exciting topic.

Champion 04.12.20!

Computing- Article 17 Access to Information 

Today, we had a wonder computing day where we learnt how to make sprites dance to music, complete commands and solve bugs!

Year 5 Champion 27.11.20

No Pens Day- Article 28 Access to Education 

Today, we had a fantastic day of learning where no pens were used all day! We couldn't believe how much we learnt through using our voices and listening carefully. We discussed our new class book, debated in maths and learnt sign language in the afternoon! 

Discussions in maths

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Sign Language Song!

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How are lives saved?

Enquiry Overview: How are lives saved? Sustainable Development Goal 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

This term, Year 5 are going to delving into Sustainable Development Goal 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure with a focus on how lives can be saved through having a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Alongside this, we will be doing work based on the book 'Journey to Jo'burg' which is based on a true story about children living during the Apartheid. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!

Term 2

Article 24 - Health, Water, Food and Environment

In Week 3, we have prepared, practised and performed TED talks to showcase our new knowledge from our enquiry into how lives are saved. In these talks, we aimed to give people information about how they can make healthier life choices by considering the Eatwell Food Plate, healthy cooking methods and the negative effects of sugar. We hope you enjoy and can learn something from our TED talks! 

Talk 1

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Singing Assembly- Article 31 Cultural experiences.

Today, we had a fantastic time working on our singing skills! We learnt some songs with Nigel and had a go at singing these, focussing on our voice projection and tone.

Singing Assembly

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Tasty Salads- Article 27 Standard of life

Today we got to taste some of the delicious food from the allotment. We prepared and cooked the food using the skills we had learnt about and we loved the end results.

Pumpkin Carving- Article 31 Arts 

We can't believe how creative our class have been over the half term break! Take a look at our amazing pumpkins!

Our Shining Star for Term 1-Congratulations Sadie!

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Church Visit - Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion

In Week 8, we have had the wonderful opportunity of visiting St. Stephen's Church. Before we went to the church, we reflected on previous learning including Christian celebrations such as Harvest and how to be respectful in a place of worship. We enjoyed listening to Rev Lisa and learnt about Christian beliefs, events that take place and the sense of belonging Christians experience. We even had chance to ask some amazing and thought-provoking questions! 

Photography- Article 28 Access to Education 

Today, we have been working on foreground, midground and background. We can't believe how professional some of our photographs look!

PE- Article 31 Rest, Play, Arts and Culture 

Today, we filmed two parts of the dance that we've been learning in PE. It was tricky but we were very pleased with the end result!


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Part 1

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Harvest Festival with Lisa and Nigel- Article 14 Right to Religion

This morning, we had a lovely time watching Year 4 tell us all about Harvest. We had a message from Lisa and we also had some singing with Nigel. We worked hard to project our voices!

Harvest Festival

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Harvest Festival 2

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Harvest Festival 3

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Marshmallow Madness- Article 28 The Right to Education

Today, we were set the challenge to make towers using only marshmallow and spaghetti! We got very sticky but it helped us reflect on what made great team work!

Year 5's Times Table Champion 09.10.20!

Harvesting with Mr Evans- Article 28 Right to Education 

Today, some children helped Mr Evans on the allotment. They harvested raspberries, onions and carrots. We got to try some raspberries in class and they were delicious! 

Allotment sampling- Article 24 The right to health.

Today we were lucky enough to sample some delicious carrots from our school allotment. They were fresh, crunchy and delicious and they also help to keep us healthy!

Year 5's Times Table Champion!

Complex  sentences- Article 17 Access to information

Today we learnt about how to use complex sentences in our writing and why these make our writing better. 


What is a place of worship?- Article 14 freedom of thought and religion

Today we started learning about the different places that can be used for worship. We sorted the places with their names anencephaly corresponding religions. 

Sporting Chance- Article 31 the right to play and relax

Today we had a great first day with Sporting Chance! We learnt how to run quickly at and we can't wait to continue working on our techniques. 

WOW-Class Party Article 24 Right to health 

Today we kickstarted our new enquiry with a class party. After the party, we thought about the kinds of food that we had and what would happen to our health and bodies if we ate this food all of the time. We realised that we would become unhealthy and even unwell if we had unbalanced diets all of the time so we want to lean about healthy diets so we can keep ourselves in good shape as well as saving lives of others!